Oil and black specks on floor underneath washer (middle)
I pulled out my 1991 GE washer to clean and found a small (2" dia) puddle of light colored oil and some small black specks in the center of where the washer is located. What is this a sign of? What do I need to do?
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The only thing that could have leaked oil out is the actual transmission of the unit. You are going to need to consult a professional technician for further repair and assistance. You might want to get a repair estimate and weigh your options of repairing versus purchasing a new Frigidaire unit with a manufacturer's warranty.
Washers normally don't have much grease in them at all....the
transmission is full of oil....which on GE washers often gets dumped
onto the floor.Remove power, tilt the washer back and check on/around/near the large
center pulley under the tranny....often the belt and pulley throw the
oil around inside the cabinet. Some of the oils they use are a synthetic oil....acts a little diff
than some other oils....sometimes if water gets into the tranny the oil
can change foamy or black due to the moisture.
You said, My GE
washer is leaking a tan colored oil underneath the unit. I suspect it's
the gear case leaking. How difficult is it to replace the gasket or
seal. I like to fix things and have tools. If the gear oil is leaking this usually means the transmission is shot and on it's way out. It is not cost efficient to have it replaced. 99.9 % of the time you throw it out and buy a new washer. For the cost of the Transmission and the labor. you can buy a new washer. How old is the washer ?
Here is an interesting report I just read!!!!!!!!!!
Repair or replace?
When to pull the plug on your old washer
Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems in the owner's manual.
Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model? The answer depends mostly on the age of your washer, how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.
Follow these guidelines:
When a repair makes sense.
If your washer is under warranty or less than four years old , paying for a repair makes sense. Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician; readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.
When a repair might be a wise choice.
If your washer is out of warranty and is four to seven years old, it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair. But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage, given that today's models have added features. Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008, are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent more efficient than those built before 1993.
When it pays to replace.
The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new washer. Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive washer eight or more years old.
Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent of washers you replace are likely to end up in a landfill.
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I have been selling and been doing factory authorized service on GE for nearly 30 years. I have sold many of this model. It's hard to imaging that a machine would leak water on small loads but not larger loads. In a case such as this, a servicer must remember to test the machine exactly as the home owner is using it. I would take pull the machine away from the wall and adjacent cabinets and dryer if hoses permit, (so that I could rule out water coming from somewhere other that the washer) remove the front panel, and have the home owner run the exact cycle with the exact settings and the same clothes load and soap used when the machine leaked. I suspect that some water is splashing over the wash tub. If you use a gentle cycle or a larger load you get less splashing. Even having a few more cloths items in the machine would reduce splashing. You might not expect a solution, but you do deserve an explanation. Some times the solution is strange, for example: I had a customer who said the washer leaked a lot of water onto the floor the first time it was used in the day, but worked great the rest of the day. I came out early the next day and tested the machine, and it did exactly that. What happened was the builder added on this new laundry room and the drain pipe went through the floor before the plumber added the trap. The builder then insulated the area but put the insulation on the room side of the trap, allowing cold air to freeze and plug the drain. After warm water pumped into the drain and most of the water overflowed the top of the pipe onto the floor, the rest of the water melted the ice in the trap and the machine worked fine until the next day after the water had a chance to form a later of ice in the trap again. The fix was simply to move the insulation to the other side of the trap. (OK, here in Minnesota we run into weird things like that, but my point is to test the machine exactly as it is used to find where the problem lies) I'd like you to post a comment when you find your solution.
You bet, the tub seal is out and also the clutch and drive tub assemblies need to be replaced because like a drum brake oil has contaminated the pads. Did you notice that if you open the lid while spinning that it takes longer than seven seconds for the basket to stop? See the pic below, you need parts 1 and 5 plus the tub seal and center post seal.
looks like you have to replace the RUBBER SEAL thats inside the tub at the center post , try this , remove the panel so you can see inside , put the washer to fill w/ water , and watch closely underneath the tub wheres the transmision is connected , and watch for LEAKS . hope this info helps
Are you kidding? You don't notice an odor or anything else other than a wet spot once that you thought your dog had an accident? Why is that Whirlpools fault? You have your due diligence to make sure if something is wet than there has to be a reason why something is wet. Besides, if you have that much black mold than there must have been some other signs of water than just that once.